Re: "Billy Hamilton and other really fast guys"
Originally Posted by Brisco
Billy will not bat second... if he is at the front of the order, he will lead off. He will run during the AB of the next hitter. Simply put, the issue of "stealing second in front of Votto" is only an issue when BP flies out on the first or second pitch, because Billy will be running in the first three pitches to BP.
Why? Because he can.. and because BP is a DP machine (69 since 2008 is way more than anyone else except Ludwick who is at 66).
Because he can... and because it will improve the Reds' chances of scoring.
Hamilton in scoring position improves that, as does opposing teams decision to walk Votto in front of Ludwick and Bruce.
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